Research Assistant Position - Alfred hospital SEEG Research Unit
• Fixed term: 12 month contract
• Alfred Hospital
There are approximately 45000 Australians living with drug resistant focal epilepsy. For this patient group, the only realistic chance of achieving seizure freedom is via epilepsy surgery to remove the epileptogenic zone (EZ: the brain region responsible for seizure generation). The comprehensive epilepsy program at the Alfred Hospital has a large and growing epilepsy surgery program.
Approximately 30-50% of patients who could be candidates for epilepsy surgery will require intra-cranial electro-encephalography (EEG) to define the EZ and resection margins. Stereo-EEG (SEEG) is an intra-cranial EEG technique where electrodes are implanted into prespecified cortical targets, allowing 3-dimensional mapping of epilepsy networks.
Alfred Hospital Epilepsy Surgery and Stereo-EEG Program
The Alfred Hospital has a 6 bed video-EEG epilepsy unit as part of a comprehensive epilepsy program that specialises in epilepsy surgery. In 2019, a SEEG program was commenced at Alfred Hospital and in 2020 at least 14 SEEG procedures are planned.
In tandem with the SEEG clinical program, a SEEG research unit is being developed to utilise SEEG data. This program combines the Alfred and St Vincent’s SEEG programs. The current domains of the research program i) neuropsychological testing during cortical stimulation, ii) SEEG functional connectivity, iii) decoding cognitive and motor functions with SEEG, iv) genetic analysis of brain tissue from SEEG electrodes.
This is a full-time Research Assistant position primarily within the SEEG Research Unit, which will enable the successful applicant to work within an internationally-recognised, highly-collaborative group.
The Research Assistant will be responsible for:
i) Maintaining an epilepsy surgery and SEEG electronic database
ii) Consenting patients for research projects
iii) Collection of SEEG electrodes from theatre after electrode removal
iv) Coordinating ethics approvals for new research projects
v) Collating relevant data for various collaborators (SEEG, MRI, PET)
The ideal applicant would have a background in biomedical engineering, signal processing and an interest in science, medical or engineering research. It is hoped that the successful applicant would have experience and be able to perform some signal processing independently; for example, high frequency oscillation quantification, electrical source localisation, epileptogenicity analysis with open source software.
The successful applicant would have an active role in current and new research projects and would be able to operate as a junior researcher within the team. The position would therefore be well suited to an individual wishing to progress to a higher degree in this field or to a post-doctoral position.
Appropriate training and supervision will be provided by Dr Andrew Neal. The position would primarily be based at Alfred Hospital, but would likely also include collaboration and on-site work at St Vincent’s Hospital.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Collect and enter data into research database
• Facilitate collection of consent form from participants
• Coordinate all SEEG research projects
• Collate digital datasets for external collaborators
• Perform basic to moderately advanced signal processing using SEEG and imaging data (based upon applicants knowledge base and experience)
• A tertiary degree in biological/medical science
• Ability to work independently and as part of a large team
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with people, across a diverse range of community and cultural groups
• Demonstrated ability to use tact and discretion in communicating around issues of health
• Organisational and time management skills to meet deadlines
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Proficient computer skills (word processing, databases, use of the internet and graphics)
• Interest in signal processing
• Previous experience in a biomedical engineering
This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic epilepsy surgery research team. Benefits include:
• Salary Packaging
• Discount Health Insurance
• Onsite Gym
• Child care services
Applications close (11pm 2nd October 2020)
Please ensure that you submit a cover letter as well as your CV
All enquiries to Dr Andrew Neal, email@example.com